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grainy

[grey-nee] /ˈgreɪ ni/
adjective, grainier, grainiest.
1.
resembling grain; granular.
2.
full of grains or grain.
3.
having a natural or simulated grain, as wood, wallpaper, etc.
4.
Photography. (of a negative or positive) having a granular appearance.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; grain + -y1
Related forms
graininess, noun
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  • The video that emerged is greenish and grainy but to these researchers it is pure gold.
  • The grainy footage showed surfers throwing dynamite in a river and surfing on the resulting waves.
  • Perhaps you thought some of the scenes-grainy messes of inscrutable action-resembled a music video.
  • Feist's voice is gentle but grainy, and full of emotion.
  • Her fingers were grainy with the watermelon she'd been slicing.
  • The wasteland is filmed on the run, under the grainy murk that you get from night-vision goggles.
  • Soldiers' grainy video footage of ferocious battles, smuggled out of the country, has dramatised their grievances.
  • The shaky, grainy recording shows little, but the audio is telling.
  • But such films have a grainy crystalline structure which reduces the number of electrons that can flow comfortably through them.
  • It's a pity that the publishers couldn't run to better pictures than the grainy snaps that accompany the text.
British Dictionary definitions for grainy

grainy

/ˈɡreɪnɪ/
adjective grainier, grainiest
1.
resembling, full of, or composed of grain; granular
2.
resembling the grain of wood, leather, etc
3.
(photog) having poor definition because of large grain size
Derived Forms
graininess, noun
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Word Origin and History for grainy
adj.

1610s, from grain + -y (2). In Middle English, grain also was used as an adjective, "like grain, lumpy, spotted" (early 15c.).

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